Unexpected pregnancy

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Unexpected pregnancy

Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, have welcomed a surprise new wallaby more than a year after the only male of the species was moved away. Mica, an endangered brush-tailed...

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Unexpected pregnancy

Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, have welcomed a surprise new wallaby more than a year after the only male of the species was moved away. Mica, an endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby, was due for a well-earned rest after giving birth to a joey in March last year and carrying it her pouch for more than six months. However, when staff were caring for Mica, who is almost six, and her youngster in recent months they noticed there was more movement in her pouch. Recently, the surprise (but welcome) addition made its first appearance, poking its head out of Mica's pouch and appearing to smile happily in the sunlight. It is in great health and appears to be around six months old, meaning it will soon venture out of the pouch and allow staff to discover its gender. Keepers believe Mica mated with the only male wallaby, Sam, shortly after she gave birth to her first joey in around March last year. She then stored the fertilized embryo away while she raised her existing joey, in a phenomena known as embryonic diapause.

unexpected/inattendu – pregnancy/grossesse – wallaby/wallaby (kangourou de petite taille) - species (inv.)/espèce – endangered/menacé (de disparition) - brush-tailed rock wallaby/Petrogale penicillata (brush-tailed/à la queue en brosse) - well-earned/bien mérité – rest/repos – joey/bébé kangourou – pouch/poche – youngster/ici, petit – addition/ici, nouveau-venu - to poke one's head out of sth/glisser sa tête hors de qqch - to venture/s’aventurer – keeper/gardien - to mate/s’accoupler - to store away/stocker

Publié le 30/11/-0001

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